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Off the record, July 26 2014

The week’s social whirl.

Raeburn’s barbour parade

Designer Christopher Raeburn, right, was as gracious as ever when he invited Drapers to the unveiling of his womenswear collaboration with Barbour. In the plush setting of Fenwick of Bond Street’s Bond and Brook restaurant, the evening featured a mini fashion show and a slap-up meal with the Fenwick buying team. Look out for our favourite items, the tartan and polka-dot waxed jackets and Raeburn’s signature accessories.

Ignore the over-50s at your peril…

That’s what breakfast TV maven Lorraine Kelly told Drapers at the launch of her first collection for home shopping retailer JD Williams, over dinner at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard in London last week. Pictured here with Angela Spindler, chief executive of JD Williams’ owner N Brown, who herself promised big changes afoot at the fashion retailer, Kelly was on hand to show us the autumn 14 range, which includes a stylish mac and polka-dot dress.

Art and about at scoop

Buyers and brands at womenswear trade show Scoop let their hair down at the evening reception at the Phillips gallery in London. Sculptor Hugo Farmer looked on as Galeries Lafayette’s Nathalie Leonor, Sandy Trébuil and Scoop founder Karen Radley perched on his work to chat to Drapers.

Bill drops into Skechers

Skechers UK boss Peter Youell shook hands with Bill Clinton at the brand’s global conference in California, where the former president was guest speaker. His “amazing and inspirational speech” went some way to taking Pete’s mind off Skechers’ recent loss to footwear rival Brantano in their hard-fought annual golf match.

Disco inferno

Exhibitors and visitors danced their way back to the 1970s at the end of the first day of The London Textile Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington. Event organiser John Kelly, sporting a rather fabulous yellow flared trouser suit, afro and sunglasses was joined by Roberto Rosati of Fortex and designer Lesley Rose of Michaela Louisa, to enjoy the retro sounds of live band Disco Nights.

Dashing home for tweeds

Eight years after its formation, British cloth company Dashing Tweeds has opened its first shop at 26 Sackville Street, just a bobbin’s throw from Savile Row. Looking suitably upbeat at the opening party were, from left, design studio manager Holly Pressdee with co-founders Guy Hills (always a walking ad for his products) and Kirsty McDougall (the fabric design empress).

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